Baked Quinoa Falafel

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)Guys, I love falafel. To me, it's kind of food truck thing. Even though I've only had the pleasure of eating at food trucks probably a handful of times in my life.

Maybe I need to make that more of goal, now that I'm thinking about it. I mean, what am I doing with my eating hours anyway? πŸ™‚

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)  Anyway, falafel. It's amazing. Just SO flavorful. My favorite recipe is this version (where you fry the batter into small balls). This is a lighter version. Just as flavorful, but you bake instead of fry, and there's the addition of a little quinoa.

You serve these more like burger patties and top with Greek yogurt and veggies. It's an amazing dinner, believe me.

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)   Maybe you're wondering the same thing I was about this dish. Is this as good as the fried version? Good question. And because we're friends, I'll tell you the truth.

No. It is not as good as fried. Fried food is guilty pleasureville, and you really shouldn't try to compete with that when you make a super healthy dish. But, and I really mean it, this is so delicious that it really doesn't matter. You can eat this and your whole house isn't going to smell liked frying oil afterward. And that's a reward in itself, if you ask me.  

Best baked falafel recipeBaked Quinoa Falafel, serves 2-3.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas
1 small red onion
5-6 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal

For serving:
Greek yogurt
cucumber
cherry tomatoes
lemon or lime, sliced

Cook the quinoa according to the directions. Fun fact: I totally burned my quinoa while I was making this. I just started talking to Elsie, and I didn't set a timer, and before I knew it I smelled that distinct scent: burned, neglected food on the stove. So, pro tip: set a timer if you're doing other things. Duh.

Falafel quinoa batterDrain the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) from the can. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, and cilantro. Process until well blended. Stir in the salt, baking powder, and cooked quinoa. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).

How to make baked falafelForm 4 patties from the batter. On a small plate, combine the flour and cornmeal. Dip the patties (both sides) in the flour mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350Β°F.

In a large skillet or heatproof pan, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for a few minutes so that side can get a little crisp to it. Flip the patties over, then immediately move the skillet (or pan) from the stove top to the oven. Continue to bake for 12-15 minutes. 

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe) Allow these to cool just a little before serving. Squeeze on a little lemon or lime juice, top with Greek yogurt and your chopped veggies.

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)    Your gonna love this one, guys. The flavors are so bright and yummy. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • It looks delicious! I’ve never tried baking falafel before, so I’m excited to try it (even if it isn’t quite as delicious as frying). Though I’m just wondering…do you have any other suggestions for what to serve the falafel patties with for different meal options? Thanks for the recipe, Emma!

  • Wow, these look fantastic! I sometimes prefer them baked not fried, probably because I tend to overkill my food with oil throughout the week… I only have myself to blame. : 3

  • Perfect, cannot wait to try this recipe! I pinned it and will probably make it soon. Also, love the picture with your ring on the counter. I do that often as a newly engaged person while in the kitchen and am always extra paranoid to keep it in sight (and away from the sink)!

  • I’m game! I have made your other falafel recipe more times than I can count (it’s one of the only vegetarian things my husband likes), but the thought of not having to deep fry it sounds good to me!

    Thanks for a healthier versionI I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Since I’m a vegetarian, I love falafel! There are so many dishes to make with falafel:)
    Have a nice day, Rona from threepinkcats

  • Hmm. Well, you could also serve the patties inside pita bread. Kind of like a burger. Then you could serve fries or another veggie side (baked brussels, blanched and salted green beans, etc.) for some different flavors. If you go that route I’d say this may serve 4 instead of two.

    -Emma

  • Me too. I’m very afraid of losing my ring. But I also hate getting kitchen gunk in it, when I forget to take it off.

    Be sure to insure your ring if you haven’t already. It’s such a sentimental item that I can’t imagine losing it but at least it won’t be a financial burden if I ever did (because I got it insured).

    -Emma

  • Yes, I agree. Baking is much easier. Sometimes I really don’t want to deep fry for dinner as it just seems to take a bit longer and takes more attention (like I can’t set a timer for the oven and just wander into the living room to watch the Daily Show while it bakes).

    πŸ™‚

    -Emma

  • Can you convert all the cup quantities to european grams? Thanks a lot.

  • Falafel is definitely a favorite dish of mine, especially when you top it with greek yogurt, cucumber, etc. like you have. Bet this would be so filling as well as healthy!

    Cat
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  • This looks amazing! Love that it won’t make my house smell like frying oil haha πŸ™‚
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • Mmmm love me some falafel πŸ™‚ It’s so healthy and filling: win-win. Thanks for the new recipe- look forward to trying it!

    blog.thedistillerymarket.com

  • These look SO good, and I’m pretty sure they were delicious, too! And I love your honesty, Emma. Sure, nothing can beat the guilty pleasure of a fried falafel, but I’m just as excited to give these baked beauties a try πŸ™‚

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  • Definitely going to be making this for dinner soon. I love falafel! And I’m always looking to incorporate something healthy, unique, and a dish I can easily add veggies to for dinner. Thank you for sharing! xx

    The What’s In Between

  • This recipe combines my two favorite things: quiona and falafel! I’m always scared to order falafels at restaurants though because they are usually deep fried! I love how this one is baked!

  • Your take on this sounds awesome. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a good falafel and I’m thinking I need to whip this up very soon. πŸ™‚

  • This sounds delicious. Can you believe I’ve never eaten falafel before? I know, I can’t either. I loved your writing voice in this post (well, in every post, but especially this one). It sounded so personal and you!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • I will most definitely give this one a try for dinner, alongside some citrusy slaw and hummus! I’m sure my mom would love it!

  • I went to a party on the weekend and mentioned quinoa to some of my friends (don’t remember in what context). They had no idea what it was…so it’s funny you are posting this recipe now. I shall educate my dear friends with your falafel extravaganza. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • Serve them in wraps! The food truck I used to get my falafel from warmed up the tortilla wraps in a sort of crepe-maker cooker, and then packed everything in there, a bit like a burrito.

  • i LOVE you for sharing this recipe with us! i will definetly try it!

    xo Melanie from The Fashion Menue

  • yum, this sounds amazing! i absolutely love falafel, and quinoa as well, so this recipe cant do no wrong. thanks for sharing!
    xo, cheyenne

  • I just made this recipe for my parents over the weekend. They are hardcore meat-and-potatoes-for-supper folks, but they loved it anyways!
    The only thing that tripped me up is that the recipe calls for a pretty huge amount of salt. Emma, is 2 teaspoons correct? Putting yogurt on top helped cut the salty taste, but it really over-powers the dish. Next time I’ll start with 1/2 tsp then increase to taste.
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Christina

  • Glad your parents liked it!

    Yes, that’s how much I used. Are you sure you used teaspoons and not tablespoons? Two tablespoons of salt would be very overpowering for sure. If not I guess we just have different tastes when it comes to salty food. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for trying out my recipe.
    -Emma

  • Does any flour go into the mixture? I made these tonight, and while the taste was great, the patties didn’t really stick together. I also used an immersion blender since I don’t have a food processor. Come to think of it that could’ve been the problem! The mixture was runnier than yours in the photo. Oh well, I’ll try again to get it right! The taste is spot on though. Yum! Thanks for all the great recipes πŸ™‚

  • What would you recommend as a substitute for the quinoa? I love it but it hurts my stomach.

  • I’d love to try this without the quinoa. It is delicious but hurts my stomach (turns out that is not uncommon). What do you suggest as a substitute? Do you think I could use oat bran?